Heat styling: If your hair feels brittle or doesn't hold definition like it used to, then chances are you have heat damage from using a flat iron or curling iron. Curly hair can be more susceptible to heat damage. After all, textured hair is distributed differently from the follicle of the hair shaft, which causes weaker cross-sectional points than straighter hair. Heating can break the bonds in curly hair which can lead to the loss of curl pattern, brittle texture, breakage, and intense dryness. Instead, try the DevaDryer and DevaFuser® to help enhance curl definition and minimize harm from heat.
Over cleansing your curls: Washing your waves, curls, or coils every day can dry out your hair. If you suspect this happens to you, you may want to try cleansing your curls once or twice a week to allow natural oils to flourish.
Chemical treatments on repeat: Many chemical treatments can change the way your curls behave. While things like keratin protein treatments and brazilian blowouts are tempting for their promise of hassle-free mornings, they may damage your curls in the long run.
Rough detangling: If you tend to stretch, comb, or pull your hair as you detangle, this can shred the hair’s protective outer layer. A damaged cuticle causes your curls to be more prone to breakage — try to detangling in the shower before you wash your hair for optimal results.
Using the wrong type of hair products: Before you “add to cart,” pay close attention to the ingredients on the bottle. Avoid products that contain silicones, which can create an illusion of shine without the necessary hydration. Plus, any products with alcohol will eliminate moisture. That’s why DevaCurl products are always made without SLS/SLES Sulfates, Silicones, Parabens, or Gluten.